Information in alternative formats

Below is a list of resources where you can find information in alternative formats.

British Sign Language

  • There are a range of British Sign Language (BSL) videos about the Covid-19 vaccination on the Public Health England website.
  • Signhealth produce 2 minute BSL interpreted videos summarising major government coronavirus briefings. View the Signhealth videos.
  • Coronavirus updates from the Prime Minister include an interpreter on the BBC News channel and iPlayer, available on all TV packages as part of Freeview.

Easy-read

Public Health England have produced several easy-read guides providing information on coronavirus (covid-19) and vaccination.

View the PHE coronavirus and vaccination resources

NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Programme have produced an information about vaccines video for people with a learning disability and their carers. A set of short social media clips of the video are available to download from the Health Publications website.

Some specific Easy Read coronavirus and covid-19 vaccine video include:   

Mencap has produced a lot of easy-read resources to help people with a learning disability to understand the current situation. Resources cover self-isolating, social distancing, shielding, scams, food shopping, hand washing and much more. 

View the Mencap easy-read resources.

Books Beyond Words is a charity that provides books and training to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words. Books beyond words have created four free resources to support people through the coronavirus pandemic. 

View their selection of resources to download.

Access Fylde have created easy read information for vulnerable people including the elderly, those with learning difficulties, those with hidden and non-hidden disabilities, children and people who can’t read or fully understand English. It contains useful information about Coronavirus. 

View easy read information about coronavirus 

Different languages

Gov.uk guidance is available in several different languages on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus

Doctors of the World have produced coronavirus translated resources in 60 languages

Doctors of The World Translated Health Information for Patients:

These were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross and other partners including Migrant Help, Clear Voice, Transbless Translations, Europia and East European Resource Centre.

Google Translate

All of the material on the Lancashire County Council website is written in plain English which makes it suitable for use on translation websites such as Google Translate.

Google Translate can translate words, sentences, entire web pages and documents into more than 100 languages.         

Covid-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing from gov.uk

The Government has published its 'Staying mentally well this winter' plan.

It contains important information about specific support for people with mental health problems.

View the easy-read version of the plan.

Gov.uk offers advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance has been translated into different languages.

View and download the mental health and wellbeing guidance.

Covid-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection from gov.uk

Gov.uk offers stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

This guidance is intended for:

  • households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
  • households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
  • The guidance has been translated into different languages.
  • There is an easy-read version of the Stay at home guidance.

View and download the stay at home guidance.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of these documents in a more accessible format, you can email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell them what format you need and what assistive technology you use.